Non-lift Uphill Access Breckenridge Ski Area

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Breckenridge Ski Resort announced the 2015-2016 season policy for uphill access within the BSR operating area. This season’s policy can also be found at under the Mountain Information section. All uphill users must call the trails/winch cat hotline at (970) 547-5627 before accessing the mountain. This number provides important information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that may impact access.

2015 - 2016 Breckenridge Ski Resort Uphill Access Guidelines:
Non-paid/Uphill users of Breckenridge Ski Resort assume all risks associated with access. The ski area is not maintained for uphill access and trails are not patrolled outside normal ski area operating hours, therefore emergency services may not be available. Ski area operations are 24 hours and users may encounter vehicles, slope and trail maintenance activities, snowmaking and other hazards not typically present during operating hours. Users are subject to the Colorado Ski Safety Act. Users must abide by the following rules:

1. Uphill access is only permitted outside of public operating hours – from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. All uphill users must be clear of the mountain by 8:30 a.m.
2. Stay on designated routes:
Peak 7 - Fort Mary B > Claimjumper > Lower Forget Me Not > top of Independence chair - return down the same route.
Peak 8 - Springmeier > Upper 4 O’clock > Lonewolf Access > T-Bar Hut – return down the same route.
Peak 8 – Gondola Ski Back > Lower 4 O’clock > Springmeier
Peak 8 – Lower 4 O’clock from town > Springmeier
Peak 9 - Silverthorne > Lower American > Bonanza > top Beaver Run chair or top of Mercury chair - return down same route.
Peak 10 - Silverthorne > Red Rover > Crystal > top of Falcon chair – return down the same route.
Peak 6 - Closed to uphill access for the 2015-2016 season.
3. Avoid all areas where machinery is operating. Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether. Call the trails/winch cat hotline at (970) 547-5627 before accessing the mountain. This number provides important information about seasonal restrictions and ski area operations that may impact access.
4. Stay off all posted CLOSED trails and areas. Stay off Black Diamond terrain. Stay off all Terrain Park features and jumps.
5. Obey all pertinent signage.
6. Stay towards the center of the trail.
7. Maximize your visibility - position yourself so that you are visible from above; wear reflective or brightly colored clothing.
8. Once up the hill, no one may ride a lift without a valid ticket or season pass.
9. Dogs, other than Service Dogs, are not allowed.
Permit parking is allowed in the Gondola Lots, Mid Lot at Peak 8 and the Beaver Run Parking lot between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. For more information on parking passes, call (970) 496-5455.
• All cars utilizing these lots will need a Breckenridge Ski Resort parking permit. To get a permit, please visit the Gondola ticket office during normal operating hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 12; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 12; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 13).
• Specific parking spaces in each lot will be designated by uphill access signage. Once these spaces are full, uphill access overflow parking will be located in the South Gondola lot with transportation to ski area via town busses.
• All cars not showing a valid uphill parking permit or parking in non-designated parking space will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
For additional information regarding uphill access during the winter ski season, contact the Breckenridge Ski Patrol at (970) 496-7292.

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The Breckenridge Ski Resort and the United States Forest Service (“USFS”) encourage use of public lands. Please be aware that public lands comprising the Breckenridge Ski Resort are under permit to Vail Summit Resorts Inc. by the USFS. While enjoying these permitted lands, you must abide by Breckenridge Ski Resort rules and USFS restrictions and recommendations, including those summarized below.

The following summary of restrictions and recommendations for Uphill Access to The Breckenridge Ski
Resort is provided for your information and education; and in an effort to enhance the use of public lands by you and others. Other restrictions may exist from time to time. Thank you for your cooperation.

Use of Ski Area Facilities
Please be advised that, under Colorado law, any person using any of the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. You have duties under Colorado law, including, controlling your speed and course at all times and maintaining a proper outlook. Using a ski area for any purpose can be HAZARDOUS and you assume all risks.

Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risk of skiing including: Changing weather condition, existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collision with natural objects, man-made objects or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

Snowshoeing, Skinning or Hiking Uphill
People traveling uphill are bound by YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE and the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
You must not impede or obstruct ski area operations at any time.

When Ski Area is Open to the Public - Stay off all posted CLOSED trails

  1. Stay towards the side of the trail when traveling uphill
  2. Position yourself so that you are visible from above. 
  3. Wear bright colored clothing. 
  4. No dogs are allowed on slopes when the lifts are open to the public and until Patrol sweep is down. 
  5. Do not ski over snowmaking hoses or power cords. Ski edges will cut them.

When Ski Area is NOT Open to the Public - Stay off all posted CLOSED trails

  1. Stay towards middle of trail when traveling uphill.  
  2. It is your responsibility to make yourself visible to approaching Snowmobiles or Snow Cats (especially when it’s dark or twilight). 
  3. Wear reflective clothing; it helps make you more visible. 
  4. Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight (when it’s dark or twilight). 
  5. Call 970-547-5627 to receive the appropriate open trails for uphill access, especially during early season mountain preparation. 
  6. Snow Cat winching operations may be in progress. Strobe lights mean stay clear and avoid the area altogether. Please call the winch cat operations hotline at 970-547-5627. 
  7. Have your dog on a leash or under voice command at all times. Dogs not under control are a safety problem. 
  8. Please pick up your dog poop. It is your responsibility (carry a bag and shovel). 
  9. Dogs must be off the slopes by 8:30 A.M. 
  10. No travel on Double Black Diamond terrain.
  11. Stay off all terrain that is marked as “CLOSED”.

Travel above the Vista Haus

  1. Hiking access above the Vista Haus is limited to Upper 4 O’Clock and up the cat road to the T-Bar Patrol hut.
  2. DO NOT travel above the T-Bar Hut. 
  3. You must ski down to the Vista Haus by the same route
  4. All bowls and avalanche terrain are closed once it is swept until it is reopened by Patrol the next day.
  5. You must be back down to the Vista Haus by 8:15 A.M. to avoid interfering with Patrol avalanche work. 
  6. Due to serious safety concerns, hiking up the T-Bar lift line is not permitted anytime during the winter.(No Access above Columbine). 

Any violations of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense.

The above stated rules are for your safety and the safety of the employees at the ski resort.
There have been a number of instances where these policies have been ignored and safety has been compromised. We cannot tolerate uphill traffic interfering with our avalanche program or the safety of our daily operations. Please respect these rules so we can continue to offer uphill travel as an option. Please contact the Ski Patrol with any questions. (970-496-7292)

In accordance with a USFS Supervisor’s closure, private snowmobiles are prohibited on any Breckenridge
Ski Resort trails during or after hours of operation.

No Sledding
Use of sliding devices, including, but not limited to, sleds, tower pads, plastic sheets or plastic disks and the like are strictly forbidden. 

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